He said operators of banana boats should take precaution and refrain from traveling in the open seas during times of strong winds.
“My transport message is clear, let’s enjoy the festive season,” Mumu said.
Despite similar appeals being issued year in, year out, reports of missing boats continue in the maritime provinces.
The role of search and rescue under the transport sector falls under the National Maritime Safety Authority.
CEO of the National Maritime Safety Authority, Paul Unas, said one of its function is to coordinate maritime search and rescue.